Weight: 240 lbs.
High school: West Palm Beach (FL) Cardinal Newman
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #34
Last year: I ranked Gibbons #22 and said he would be the starting placekicker. He was 16/18 on field goal attempts and 45/45 on extra points.
Gibbons continued to grow in 2012 after having his breakout season in 2011. After hitting the game-winner in the Sugar Bowl following the 2011 season, he bolstered his resume with a game-winner against Michigan State, a game-tying kick against Northwestern (which forced overtime in an eventual victory), and a career long 52-yarder against Nebraska. All that was enough to turn him into an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention kicker.
Accounting for 93 of Michigan's points last year is pretty important, so I might even be underrating him here. Gibbons has solidified the kicking job after Michigan really struggled at the position a few years ago, and I think the offense will need him this year more so than in past years. I have some doubts about whether Michigan's replacements for Roy Roundtree can be effective, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is coming off a broken leg, and the interior offensive line is a question mark. The big plays from Denard Robinson won't be there, and the only proven big-play receiver is Jeremy Gallon. While I do believe in Devin Gardner, Gallon, and Devin Funchess, Michigan might have to win some close games against the likes of Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc.
Prediction: Starting placekicker